A number of Yamhill County book clubs, reading groups and school classes are participating in the community reading project which is designed to promote thoughtful reading and encourage community-wide conversations, according to David Gutterman, assistant professor of political science at Linfield and one of the event?s organizers.
The sessions on March 8 and 9 will give readers the opportunity to discuss the ideas and issues raised in Duncan?s book. Copies of "The Brothers K " can be purchased at Nicholson Library and Third Street Books. In addition, a brief study guide is available by calling the Nicholson Library, 503-883-2517.
Kaarina Beam, assistant professor of philosophy at Linfield, will lead the conversation Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Third Street Books in McMinnville. David Sumner, assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Center, will lead the discussion Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Nicholson Library at Linfield.
Duncan will give a reading at Linfield Wednesday, March 16, in Nicholson Library. Although the lecture is free, tickets will be required. They are available through College Relations at Linfield, 026 Melrose Hall, 503-883-2217. A limited number of seats are available.
Duncan is a Northwest novelist and essayist who often speaks and writes about environmental topics. His first book, "The River Why," was the first fiction ever published by the Sierra Club. "The Brothers K," his second novel, covers baseball, growing up in the 1960s, Vietnam, Canada, religion and a family named Chance ? two parents, four brothers and
twin sisters. "River Teeth: Stories and Writings" is a more recent collection of fiction and nonfiction.
The discussions and Duncan?s appearance are sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Library, the Linfield Department of English and the Oregon Council for the Humanities. For more information, contact Susan Whyte, director of Nicholson Library, 503-883-2517.